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Coal crunch: NTPC-Vindhyachal loses 800 mn units’ power

The country's largest power producer NTPC has lost 800 million units of electricity generation at its Vindhyachal thermal plant due to scarcity of coal. ‘The 4,260-mw Vindhyachal thermal power station is facing acute coal shortage. Its linked mine Nigahi of Northern Coalfields is supplying 5-6 rakes per day in August,’ NTPC said in a statement.

This year's annual contracted quantity (ACQ) increased by 15.75 per cent compared to last year due to addition of Stage-IV (2x500 MW). ‘We have already lost more than 800 million units on account of coal shortage whereas there was no loss of generation on account of coal shortage during the same period last year,’ the statement said.

‘Due to coal shortage, our four units (2x210 MW and 2x500 MW) are stopped, the company added. The generation of balance unit is also regulated and is running at 49 per cent of the plant load factor or efficiency.

‘If coal supply does not improve, Vindhyachal may have to further stop one or two more units for want of coal,’ it added. The coal supplies at the plant have not improved despite for the past 4-5 days, it added.

NTPC supplies electricity to MP, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Daman & Diu and Dadar Nagar Haveli from this plant. NTPC last month informed Power Ministry that six of its power plants had stocks for less than a week.
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